Advancing health equity for women of color

The Women’s Connection is a project spearheaded by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) through funding by ViiV Healthcare through the Networks of Community Action grants. This project seeks to engage cis- and transgender women of color across the HIV prevention and care continuum to address the disproportionate impact of HIV among women of color in the U.S.

Learn more about the Women’s Connection project in our current grantee spotlight case study.


In sync with the Getting To Zero Illinois (GTZ-IL) Plan and the local data, the
Women’s Connection uses a three-pronged approach to strengthen
women’s leadership, develop a local plan and actionable recommendations
and improve care services.

Task Force

Learning Circle


Regular meetings, skills building, leadership coaching, collaborative planning and
environmental programming that reflects contextual barriers that complicate
care engagement, like domestic violence and recent incarceration.

Who? Multi-sector providers,
cis and trans women, working
with women living with HIV
• Bolsters the community of
organizations for collaboration
and coordination of resources,
networks, activities and
knowledge to address needs
of cis and trans women

Who? Women of color living
with and affected by HIV
• Training and support for
women to empower
themselves through
knowledge and leadership
opportunities to affect
change in their relationships,
communities and lives

Who? Women living with
and affected by HIV and
their social networks
• Adaptive response to
women’s needs through
events that de-stigmatize
HIV and connect people
to resources and services
they desire